That’s right, the podcast may take a short break but we’re still here to jump into the New Year the right way and that way is to make sure your NBL Fantasy team is still alive and kicking. Unlike this guy:
As my hopes of winning #NBLFantasy faded, so did my dedication to my team. I'm playing Bairstow on court instead of Bogut 🤔. Living watching every game of NBL though. $5 a month is good value. Just can't play it through the app. Must use a web browser.
— FootyTippingAmateur (@run2dmax) December 29, 2018
While we all continue to do this:
— Elliott Wood (@Its_With2TTs) January 1, 2019
let’s do what these guys have done and celebrate the New Year by getting our fantasy teams right for Round 12:
— BasketBall Blokes (@BBall_Blokes) December 31, 2018
Teams that play Round 12 doubles: Brisbane, Cairns, New Zealand, Sydney.
What That Means
Well, if you had chosen to bring in some quick fire points from the Adelaide 36ers last week, it means that you have one of two options: Ship them back off and thank them for the short-term gain, or, keep them around on singles for this week only because they then have a run of three straight doubles spanning from Round 13 to 15!
The likes of Nathan Sobey, who dominated NBL Fantasy headlines last week with his blistering second game, Daniel Johnson and the ever consistent Ramone Moore can continue to be used as a production of points in your squads. While it depends on who your current bench players consist of, it could be of use to slide someone like Moore to the pine for a week, while would allow you to play a player with two games in his position. Sobey and Johnson probably aren’t worth putting on your bench as Tier-1 quality players.
For the rest of the Sixers squad, you could probably afford to move on the likes of Jacob Wiley and Anthony Drmic, as they’ll be readily available to you in a week’s time if you choose that path again.
If you’ve already turned your attention to the resurgent Brisbane Bullets (and let me tell you, you should have!), then one Lamar Patterson would already be sitting pretty in your team. That’s positive news! He stays. However, looking past ‘Patto’ there’s an abundance of excellent, under-the-radar players in this Fantasy game.
Both Cameron Gliddon and Jason Cadee started the season on fire, however it’s interesting to note that the Box Score boys have been harping on about Cameron Bairstow‘s form which continues to flourish. Four straight 30+ point games heading into Round 11 was backed up by a combined 51 in his two games, head coach Andrej Lemanis is now using Bairstow to his strengths. It’s no fluke that with Bairstow’s production increasing, the Bullets win column keeps ticking over. Priced at a tick over $1m now could be the time to have someone like Bairstow fill a bench role at PF or C.
The Cairns Taipans start a run of FIVE STRAIGHT DOUBLES (eyebrows raised) and despite them not winning a single thing in life right now they’re an absolute gold mine for NBL Fantasy players (ala the Illawarra Hawks like five weeks ago!). Their Tier-1 talent continues to produce decent scores, however they are scores just slightly under par for what a Tier-1 player should score, which has meant that their prices have slowly crept down to bargain levels. If the Taipans can suddenly turn these close losses into confidence boosting victories, those scores will jump up once again! Looking at the obvious cattle in the North Queensland outfit of Melo Trimble and DJ Newbill, while Nate Jawai has become a staple of their work. If you’re looking for a flyer and in need of a cheaper option going forward in this patch of games, look no further than Lucas Walker who has seemingly finally found his role in Cairns, averaging 23ppg in his last 3 at 700k.
The Breakers Round 12 double is a drop-in, which means that this blip on the radar probably won’t excite many owners. If you’ve kept someone from New Zealand around long-term then that’s a positive for you, however I wouldn’t recommend trading someone in for this one week. I’d look at the Breakers this week to see consistent performers and swiftly pick them up prior to Round 14.
Finally, Sydney have five doubles to come in the next six rounds which it at least means we have our Captain choice sorted five times out of the the next six! Although looking further than that, it has been quite a tough season to follow the Kings from a fantasy perspective, despite them winning a stack of games. Andrew Bogut has obviously led the line but apart from him it’s been an inconsistent season from those below. Kevin Lisch struggled this past week but has been somewhat of a player of choice for owners, while Jerome Randle is only a shell of himself when it comes to fantasy production. Kyle Adnam is now making Sydney home and will be a popular bench PG option until seasons end, while many will also be leaning on Brian Bowen to not hit the rookie wall.
Best Options for Round 12
After saying all that, we hope we’ve been able to help you grasp an idea of what you want to do in the lead up to the Round 12 Lockout. However, if you want it in more simpler terms then we have that too!
Best ins: Lamar Patterson (should already have him), Melo Trimble, DJ Newbill
Cheaper options: Nate Jawai, Cameron Bairstow, Lucas Walker
Different point of view: Kyle Adnam (bench upgrade), New Zealand Breakers players to prepare yourself for a big run home.
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